Jan. 14, 2014
Army vs. Holy Cross Game Notes
Date: Jan. 15, 2014
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: West Point, N.Y.
Venue: Christl Arena
Series: Holy Cross leads, 57-19
Streak: Army W2
The Last Meeting: at Army 69, Holy Cross 62 (2/27/13)
ARMY ON THE AIR
Radio: The Army Sports Network will not broadcast the Holy Cross game.
Web: Wednesday’s game can be viewed live at no charge on The Patriot League Network. The complete PLN schedule and link to view the web stream is located at —
The Army Sports Network audio can be heard on Knight Vision via goARMYsports.com. Subscription fees apply.
ARMY PROBABLE STARTERS
G - #2 Mo Williams (Jr., 6-1, 185, 4.7 ppg, 1.1 rpg)
G - #11 Dylan Cox (So., 6-4, 185, 8.0 ppg, 4.2 rpg)
F - #21 Kyle Wilson (So., 6-4, 190, 18.5 ppg, 3.0 rpg)
F - #32 Tanner Plomb (So., 6-7, 200, 9.7 ppg, 4.1 rpg)
C - #31 Kevin Ferguson (So., 6-10, 200, 9.3 ppg, 5.6 rpg)
► The Black Knights return home after two straight road games. Army welcomes Holy Cross Wednesday night searching for its sixth straight victory and eighth win in the last nine games. The Black Knights are tied for first in the Patriot League standings at 4-0, the best league start in program history.
► Army must fight off any residual effects from its emotional 60-55 win at Navy Saturday evening. From 2001-02 through 2007-08, the Black Knights were 0-6 in games immediately following a victory over the Mids. However, that trend has reversed itself in recent seasons. Since 2008-09, Army is 4-1 in games after wins versus Navy, including victories in its last three such games.
► Army is the Patriot League’s highest-scoring team at 74.6 points per game, but was limited to just 60 points in its win at Navy. It matched a season low and was the fewest points in an Army win since defeating the Mids 56-55 last season in Annapolis. Tanner Plomb led the team with 15 points, while Kyle Wilson chipped in 12, all in the second half. Wilson scored nine of the Black Knights’ final 10 points.
► Army has won seven of its last eight games to crack the .500 mark for the first time this season. The Black Knights started the campaign with just one win in their first seven games, including a five-game losing streak that immediately preceeded their current run. Army is 9-1 in its last 10 Patriot League regular season games and 10-2 in its last 12 games against Patriot League foes, including the postseason.
► Wilson is the team’s leading scorer, and ranks second in the Patriot League, at 18.5 points per game. He has scored at least 20 points eight times this season, including a career-high 29 at Rutgers. The Mission Viejo, Calif., native is averaging 21.1 points per game and shooting 54.1 percent (20-37) from three-point range in the last eight games.
► Plomb has claimed the role of Army’s second option on the offensive end. In the last eight games, Plomb is averaging 12.6 points per game. He is shooting 51.4 percent overall and 40.0 percent (12-30) from long range in that span. Since the start of Patriot League play, he is scoring 16.3 points per game, connecting on 56.1 percent of his field goal tries. He is conference’s fifth-leading scorer in league play.
► Kevin Ferguson is on the verge of making Army basketball history. With at least 15 games left on the schedule, he is only two blocked shots shy of tying his own single-season record (35) set last season. In only 46 games, he is third on the all-time list only seven rejections short of breaking the career mark.
A WIN OVER HOLY CROSS WOULD …
► Be Army’s sixth straight victory, the team’s longest streak since the 2006-07 season.
► Match the Black Knights’ program record for consecutive Patriot League wins (5).
► Be the first time Army has defeated Holy Cross three straight times.
► Mark the first time Army started its Patriot League schedule 5-0.
► Be the first time in program history Army has been five games over the .500 mark in league play.
► Extend Army’s home winning streak to four games.
► Be Army’s fifth straight win at home against Patriot League opponents.
► Put Zach Spiker just one win short of fifth place on Army’s all-time list (George Hunter, 63).
THE ARMY-HOLY CROSS SERIES
► Holy Cross owns a 57-19 advantage in the all-time series with the Black Knights.
► The series has been much more even in recent seasons. Army is 5-7 since 2007-08, and has won at least one game in the series four times in the last six seasons.
► The two teams have met at least twice each season since 1983-84. Prior to the formation of the Patriot League, both Army and Holy Cross competed in the MAAC. Army’s sweep of the Crusaders last season marked the first time Army scored multiple wins.
► The Black Knights have never won three straight games in the series versus Holy Cross.
INSIDE THE SERIES
First Meeting: Feb. 22, 1926 (Army, 41-27)
All-Time Record: Holy Cross leads, 57-19
At West Point: Holy Cross leads, 21-14
At Holy Cross: Holy Cross leads, 32-3
At Neutral Site: Holy Cross leads, 3-0
Last Army Win: Feb. 27, 2013 (69-62 at West Point)
Last HC Win: Feb. 22, 2012 (82-51 at Holy Cross)
Series Streak: Army W2
Largest Army Margin: +21 (65-44, 12/17/66)
Largest HC Margin: +50 (88-38, 2/8/06)
ABOUT HOLY CROSS
► Milan Brown is in his fourth season as head coach at Holy Cross. Prior to his arrival in Worcester, Brown was the head coach at Mount St. Mary’s for seven years.
► The Crusaders are off to a1-3 start in Patriot League play. Holy Cross has played three of the top four teams in the current standings, losing to Boston University, American and Bucknell. The Cruaders’ leage win came against Colgate.
► Holy Cross is coming off a 61-57 loss at Bucknell. The Crusaders led by 13 points with in the first half, but the Bison rallied to tie the game at halftime. Malcolm Miller scored a career-high 19 points. Justin Burrell and Anthony Thompson were also in double figures with 13 and 10 points, respectively. Holy Cross played without Cullen Hamilton, a 13.9 points-per-game scorer.
► The Crusaders are led by preseason All-Patriot League center Dave Dudzinski. Dudzinski leads the team with 15.9 points and 7.4 rebounds per contest, the best average in the Patriot League.
► Hamilton has made a team-high 25 three-pointers despite missing seven games this season with a knee injury.
FINISH WHAT YOU START
► Army is 62-28 since the start of the 2007-08 season when leading at the break. In that span, Army is 17-17 when leading by five or less, 16-8 when its lead is between six and nine points, and 29-3 when holding a double-digit lead. The Black Knights' win at Navy marked the first time this season Army won a game in which it trailed at the half.
UP NEXT …
The Black Knights wrap up their two-game homestand Sunday afternoon against Bucknell. The game will be broadcast live by CBS Sports Network. Army will try to snap a seven-game skid versus the Bison, including a loss in last year’s Patriot League Tournament semifinal.